How Precision Metal Stampers Use 3D Simulation Software to Design Tooling

December 10, 2018 - "Blog"

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Today’s precision metal stampers are turning to sophisticated 3D simulation software to produce high quality parts.

Although most industries are experiencing strong growth, that doesn’t eliminate the desire to reduce wasted resources, improve quality, and shorten turnaround time. When designing or redesigning components that include metals stamped parts, the tooling can be time consuming and expensive to develop, so getting it right the first time is critical.

To remain competitive, engineers turn to metal stampers for support in designing high volume components, without defects.  To assist manufacturers, many stampers use simulations before investing in tooling. When design and engineering teams collaborate using 3D simulations, they can assess and provide recommendations for ease of manufacturing, durability, quality, and cost containment - resulting in the best solution.

According to David Waltzman who has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a blog contributor to FormingWorld.com, “Simulation software packages have become more and more user friendly over time. Instead of writing custom codes and executing through the command line, we have the pleasure of interacting with a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Now that the technology is more accessible, industry specific applications have begun to flourish.”

The sooner precision metal stampers are involved in the part design process, the better. Metal stamping suppliers who have in-house engineering resources can make modifications during the design phase, if a flaw is discovered.  With their expertise they can often propose design improvements that lead to significant savings in production time and expense.

 

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